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5.0 out of 5 stars Godsmack's outstanding sophomore release
Godsmack are the best kept secret in the UK, and somehow their enormous success in America hasn't been mirrored over here, yet. Every track on this album is is outstanding, they're heavy, intense and uncompromising. It's refreshing to see bands like this who deliver in all areas, where the vocals are as strong as the music, and the sound is original. They don't rely on...
Published on 7 Mar 2002 by sambarugh

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3.0 out of 5 stars Average
Only got one other album by these guys and that's IV, which was great. This isn't too bad but nothing really stands out!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average, 12 May 2013
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Only got one other album by these guys and that's IV, which was great. This isn't too bad but nothing really stands out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Sep 2014
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FAB!*****
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Metallica meets Megadeth meets Slayer: Classic thrash., 8 Jan 2002
This review is from: Awake (Audio CD)
Another band who offer a refreshing alternative to the rap-core fusion that dominates the Nu-metal genre. At times sounding uncannily like Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer in almost equal measure, this is classic Thrash. Lyrical themes are pretty generic (aggression, alienation and the supernatural) but the buzzsaw of guitars (a lot of distortion and low pitch guitar riffs) and elastic bass grooves are what that you really appreciate.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, unoriginal, disappointing - best avoided, 17 Oct 2002
This review is from: Awake (Audio CD)
I actually liked the album when I first got it. Since then, though, my musical tastes have matured and I have come to realise just how poor this is.
Godsmack (attempt to) mix nu-metal with a sort of Alice in Chains style grunge sound, but the end result is just another nu-metal band. Don't get me wrong, I do like nu-metal when it is performed by good bands like Korn, Slipknot or (the fantastic) System of a Down, but the genre is somewhat overcrowded with awful bands like Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and Godsmack.
With lyrics like "I never wanted to be/Sick of my life" Godsmack offer absolutely nothing new from the rest of the crop of nu-metal bands. Not only this but they deliver it in a dull and uninspired way. In the end the songs all sound far to similar to really be enjoyable. Tracks like "Awake" and "Bad Magik" are maybe OK to listen to on their own, although they are still nothing exceptional, but try to listen to the whole album and the sameness really becomes evident.
On the whole, it's not that it's really bad, more that it's really unoriginal. Nu-metal fans may enjoy this, but those with a better sense of judgement will probably just stay clear of it - and rightly so.
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